Spring brings warm weather, green grass, and the sound of kids playing outside. Along with the warmer weather comes the return of hundreds of species of migrating birds. This annual spring migration is a perfect time to do some bird watching with the family. Not only will you learn a bit about the birds that live in your area, you may also find a new family past time!
A fun way to get the whole family involved is to turn bird watching into a game. Our Kids Bird Watching Spring Scavenger Hunt is the perfect way to do just that. Simply download and print our list, and see how many things you can find.
For an added challenge, try to identify the name of the birds you see. The National Audubon Society has a free online bird watcher’s tool that will make it easy for you to identify the birds you see by their colors, size, and even the sounds they make. For instant help in identifying the birds you see while you are outside, use a bird watcher’s field guide. At JM Cremps, we carry the gold standard of bird watching books – the Peterson Field Guides. The Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America is for bird watchers who live in the eastern half of the US. The Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America is for western bird watchers. For the younger kids, the North American Birds Sticker Book is a fun and exciting way to keep young bird watchers engaged while they are learning.
Bird Watcher’s Spring Scavenger Hunt
Take this list outside and see how many of the “bird” items on this list you can find. You’ll have to look high, look low, and listen closely!
_______ Bird tracks (hint: look in muddy areas)
_______ 1 bird nest
_______ 1 bird feather
_______ 1 brown bird
_______ A bird that is flying
_______ A bird that is perched in a tree
_______ A bird that is singing
_______ A bird that is building a nest
_______ A bird that is carrying something in its beak
_______ A bird that is swimming
_______ A bird with yellow on it
_______ A bird that is screeching or calling
_______ A bird with blue on it
_______ A bird with white on it
_______ A large bird
_______ A small bird
_______ A hummingbird